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Motion Control Vertical Riser


Motion Control Vertical Riser

Among our extensive line of motion control rigs and accessories, Pacific Motion Control offers a three-stage vertical riser. Offering precise repeatability and almost 7′ of vertical travel, this motion control vertical riser provides a great solution for precisely lifting cameras, models, and miniatures. It can be operated completely live, or can be programmed for frame accurate repeatability. Kuper motion control software allows the vertical riser to be used in conjunction with our other motion control moves, for complex coordinated motion.

For added flexibility, one or two stages can be removed, providing shorter travel, with added stability and weight handling. It can also be operated horizontally or on an angle.


Franklin Templeton “Emerging Opportunities” Commercial


Franklin Templeton “Emerging Opportunities” Commercial

We shot the live action portions of this commercial with the Graphlite at Goal Line Productions, in Pleasanton, CA (John Madden’s studio). Production had already shot the background plates with a crane and had tracked the shots. The tracked data was fed into Kuper and used to control the Graphlite to capture all of the actors on a green screen cyc. Because the crane that the background plates were shot on was larger than the Graphlite, Mike Leben, the motion control operator, had his work cut out for him. He had to do a ton of math and scaling and Kuper magic to make the shots work. In the end it, it was worth it. The commercial turned out really nice.

The spot was shot on a Red Epic.

Motion Control Operator: Mike Leben
Motion Control Tech: Garritt Hampton


ABC Promo Sunday Night Promo

ABC Sunday Night Promo

The Graphlite motion control crane was used to shoot the stair shots from 0:32 to 0:42. This shot was extensively pre-vised in Maya, using our Graphlite Maya Model and the move was imported into our Kuper motion control software. The shot mixed live-action, CG elements and intricate set design to extend the circular staircase.


Toyota “Growing Up” Commercial


Toyota “Growing Up” Commercial – Produced by Motion Theory


Behind the Scenes – Toyota “Growing Up” – Live Action Pass


Behind the Scenes – Toyota “Growing Up” – Clean Plate


Pioneer Corn Commercial Uses Motion Control to Marry Live Action and CGI

Pioneer Corn – 2008

This Pioneer Corn commercial used motion control to seamlessly marry live-action and CGI.

Computer Animation is used to show the high-tech side of pioneer corn. These effects are married to a single live-action shot, featuring a slow sweeping camera move. Motion Control move data was provided to the post house to and imported in to MAYA to model the camera move in the virtual realm.

Kuper motion control software is able to export motion control data as an ASCII data file, which can easily be imported into MAYA and other 3D modeling and CG programs.

This commercial is a great example of how motion control photography can be used to seamlessly add CGI elements to live-action while incorporating precision camera movement.Graphlite Motion Control Camera Crane in a cornfield for the filming of a Pioneer Corn Commercial

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